Below some personal highlights from the new Fall Winter ’15 collection of Bleu de Paname. The Bleu de Paname brand was founded by Christophe Lépine and Thomas Giorgetti in 2009. They are always creating something different, classic styles with a twist. And ofcourse with some indigo flavour. Great work as always!
- Owner: Robin Falck
- Brand: Edwin Jeans ED-55 ‘Made in Japan’ (14oz Nihon Mempu selvage fabric)
- Age: 1 year old
- Treatment: Robin built 3 kayaks, 2 motorcycles, painted pieces in Mexico, driving down dustroads on a tiny motorcycle with this pair of Edwin Jeans.
The Vintage Showroom from London launched their first book ‘Vintage Menswear’ in 2012. This is one of my favo’s in my big book collection. The book gave an extremely cool insight in their massive vintage collection of workwear, sport and denim. Founders of The Vintage Showroom Douglas Gunn and Roy Luckett are working more than 35 years in de industry and are both true legends. This upcoming December they will launch their second edition: An Archive of Menswear. The book provides again an unique overview of the best pieces from their collection. Featuring everything from a bearskin bomber jacket and fur-lined flying trousers to the original US navy peacoat and waterproofs worn on the British Antarctic Survey. I already saw the proto type of the book on the Kingpins show and believe me this is again a true treasure! The perfect gift for X-Mas. But the best is not to wait so long and add it immediately to your collection when it’s out. Really looking forward to this one. Well done guys! Great to see you again in Amsterdam.
Nudie Jeans presents the Lean Dean US selvage. The latest baby of Nudie jeans is a Swedish selvage jeans, made in the USA, limited to 1.000 pieces. The jean is an homage to the craftsmanship and art of making denim. Made with 100% organic cotton, grown and harvested in the state of Texas. The 14.75oz selvage fabric was made by Cone Denim at their White Oak mill in Greensboro, North Carolina – US. The fabric was then cut and sewn at the Last Denim Shop in San Francisco, California. An edition for the true Nudie heads.
Today the Amsterdam edition started of the Kingpins denim fabric show. Two days filled with the indigo blue fabric. The best mills worldwide are representing their new collections for denim designers. A must visit for people in the denim industry. Besides it’s inspiring to see what the mills are bringing for innovation in their new collection it’s also big fun to meet like minded blue people again. Here are some of them shot by Team Peter Stigter. See you tomorrow!
Pics by Team Peter Stigter
This week after the first day of the Kingpins denim fabric fair Tenue de Nîmes is organising an event together with Levi’s Vintage Clothing (LVC) called: The Golden Handshake Celebration. The 100 Year Anniversary of the Golden Handshake is a historic gentlemen’s agreement between Levi Strauss & Co. and Cone Denim Mills.
During the event they also release their latest edition of Journal de Nîmes. The event is this upcoming Wednesday from 19:00-22:00 at Elandsgracht 60 in Amsterdam.
Hiut Denim Company jeans are made by the Grandmasters of their company. When the music is loud and the coffee is strong, the Grandmasters can only make 100 pairs of Hiut’s a week. But at the end of the day, they are there to try and make the best jeans they can and not the most jeans they can.
Hiut Denim Company is based in Cardigan – UK, a small town of 4,000 people. 400 of them used to make jeans. They made 35,000 pairs a week for three decades. Then one day the factory closed. It left town. But all that skill and knowhow remained. Without any way of showing the world what they could do. That’s why Hiut have started The Hiut Denim Company. To bring manufacturing back home. Meet the Grandmasters of Hiut Denim in this production film.
Levi’s Jeans shared a story on their blog about this vintage Levi’s Lot 271 children’s bib overall. Lot 201 was first introduced in 1890 as a cheaper follow-up on the 501. The bib overall belonged to Dwight Dangberg who who died in 1904 of scarlet fever at the age of five. The family must have been devastated. After Dwight’s passing, they packed his belongings in the trunk, storing it out of sight in the attic, where it remained for a century. It’s a very sad story! The good thing about this is that the bib overall survived all those years and is now a great inspiration example. Thanks Levi’s for sharing this impressive story.
The trunk of Dwight Dangberg
Dwight Dangberg wearing his Levi’s Lot 271 bib overall
Next week the second edition of the ‘Global Denim Awards’ is going to be held in Amsterdam. The competition is between 8 international upcoming fashion designers who team-up with 8 denim mills worldwide. The collections will be judged by a panel of international denim experts: Adriano Goldschmied (godfather of denim), Amy Leverton (Denim Dudes book), Menno van Meurs (Tenue de Nimes store), Pierre Morisset (head design G-Star Raw). There will be a winning designer will be awarded €10,000 for the best collection. And an award will be given to the mill with the most innovative fabric. The Global Denim Awards is an initiative of HTNK, Kingpins Show & House of Denim, made possible by e3. See you all next week!
Check the first edition here of ‘Global Denim Awards’ here:
This original vintage Levi’s Jeans 501 from 1960 is from my private denim archive. It has a worn-out Red Tab Big E and button number 6 (top button), washed-out redline selvage, different colour thread (yellow and tobacco) and a great faded and worn look. This is a typical old pair of Levi’s worn by a hippie in California. Normally these totally faded jeans were thrown away by the previous owners, but thankfully this one is kept alive. True Americana piece of blue indigo history. Check the classic details here below.
Kiriko Jeans is a denim brand from Portland – Oregon. They are proud to introduce their Japanese denim line. This particular jeans here below is made of 100% cotton 13oz. selvedge denim made in Fukuyama City - Japan. Fukuyama City is one of the biggest manufacturers out of Japan producing some of the highest quality, most sought after denim textile. The jeans has a combination of their new crafted denim cuffed with two of their most popular Japanese patterns creates a one-of-a-kind look. They believe in quality clothes made with the best materials that will last a lifetime and fit perfectly. Check out the craftsmanship from Kiriko Jeans.
Last Saturday I organised ‘Rambam Denim Days’ Part 3 for Rambam denim store. The store is located in my hometown Eindhoven, the South of Holland. The store is the oldest denim store in town, open since 1974. The denim days is a store event where we show our love for denim and indigo. Every event we ask talents to show their craftsmanship. For this edition we ask ‘Spijkerbrij’ to fill in the shop window with their creative creations, they re-cycle old jeans into new products like bow ties and lampshades. In the store ‘Facing West’ (Lizzie Kroeze) set-up a mini expo with some of her private indigo workwear collection. Lizzie is making great stuff by hand using the old Japanese sashiko technique. Besides showing items she was also repairing old jeans from customers. Next to that we had a good coffee barista in the store making fresh coffee for everyone, guerilla denim show and fine music. Last weekend was also the kick-off from the famous ’Dutch Design Week’ in Eindhoven, so there was plenty to do in the centre of Eindhoven. Up to the next one!
Last August Lennaert Nijgh (founder Benzak Denim Developers – BDD) went to Japan to check out his new production. Lennaert is making jeans on a top level quality, designed in Holland and made in Japan. Only the best of the best denim fabrics and spare parts are used. In the video here below Lennaert shows his love for Japan and why he likes to work with the craftsman in this beloved denim country. Great production road movie Lennaert, well done! Keep up the blue spirit!
Lennaert Nijgh (founder Benzak Denim Developers)
Today I organised for the oldest denim store, Rambam Store, in my hometown Eindhoven (NL) the 3rd edition of the ‘Rambam Denim Days’. The event is also the kick-off of the famous Dutch Design Week in my town. In the store we show traditional sashiko and handmade indigo items by Lizzie Kroeze from Facing West. Lizzie is a very talented girl with a huge passion for U.S. and Japanese workwear. She is showing in a mini expo some of her private items which she customized with her authentic skills. Come and drop by to meet her in person in Eindhoven – NL. See you there!
Deadstock Resurrection is a new denim brand founded by Peter Overbeek (NL). The first items are just finished and I can tell you that these are looking very nice. Especially the Robert Trucker Jacket. The jacket is made of 15.5oz beautiful sugar cane denim from the Nihon Menpu Mills in Japan. The fabric is made out of sugar cane. The jacket is a tailored slim fit, has iconic double pleats on the front fastened with signature bartacks. The two-prong shank button and pierced through rivet construction in combination with the heavy yarn for the triple needle stitching gives the jacket extra strong durability. Their genuine brown leather logo burned inside patch, big inside print, signature crossbones embroidery, selvedge placket and chest pocket details gives it the authentic Deadstock Resurrection feeling. All in all a perfect jacket. I saw Peter wearing a worn-in sample of the jacket and the fabric age very nice! It has different shades of blue which is very cool! Check the jacket here below, it’s available now. Good luck Peter!
Dutch photographer and movie maker Anton Corbijn released his latest film: Life. Life is a true story about the friendship between the legend James Dean and LIFE magazine photographer Dennis Stock. As I am a big fan of the work from Anton Corbijn I am looking forward to see this film. If you haven’t seen it yet, check the trailer.
Every now and then Red Wing is coming with a special limited edition. This time they launched one of my personal favo’s, the 8882 classic moc toe indigo portage. The Red Wing 8882 is made from the premium Indigo Portage leather from Red Wing’s SB Tannery. The Red Wing 6″ Moc Toe boot was originally designed for hunters and farmers in the early 1950′s. It was built for hard labor and harsh weather conditions. The name Red Wing ‘Moc Toe’ derives from ‘Moccasin’, the traditional Algonquian Indian word for the U-shape design of the toe. The Red Wing Shoes 8882 is a variation on the ultimate Red Wing classic: The Red Wing 875. This special edition is a true must have for every denimhead. Don’t wait too long as these are limited!
Indigo People and Denham Jeans teamed up with a nice scarf collab. After a short informal meeting between Indigo People and Jason Denham of Denham The Jeanmaker during a trade show they decided to create something together to share their same indigo passion. Indigo People’s love for indigo and authentic craftsmanship and Denham’s worship for tradition and contemporary design refinement complete each other’s signature and form the fundament for these special edition scarves. The scarves are made from raw hand spun cotton yarns that are manually dyed in natural indigo, which creates an imperfect beauty that fits in an authentic jeans attitude. Blending the traditional open weave and ikat weaving technique with a refined modern look, the two timeless scarves embody both brands’ spirits. The scarves will be available for the true indigo lovers in the official Denham stores and Denham’s dealers.